Monthly Archives: October 2012


So many great new things that I have discovered been made aware of since I have entered the mathblogosphere and this is my new favorite one – Tarsia Puzzles.  Yay – I had never heard of such a thing either, although after researching them I had seen a couple of them before and had actually printed one off of the internet a couple years ago for my kids to do, but I never knew how easy they were to make.      Here is a pic from pinterest until my kids actually do a puzzle tomorrow.  What I like is that I am able to differentiate the problems that I give the students based on the puzzle I give.  I’m going to make at least 3 and have each on its own color.

The link where you can download this great software FOR FREE can be found here.   And you can find some pre-made tarsia puzzles at Mr. Barton’s page.  Only bad thing is there isn’t a MAC version yet.  : (  So looks like all of this work will be done at home.

I will update with how the activities go after we actually do them tomorrow.  I’m so excited.

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Posted by on October 8, 2012 in Uncategorized


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More proof that what I’m doing is right…

Today we had PLC meetings before school started. Our PLC meets in a teachers room in the 9th and 10th grade hallway. After the meeting it is about 15 minutes before school starts and I start walking back to my room. The number of kids that I saw “working together” on their math assignments was crazy! Just trying to get something down to get some points iw no learning involved. Totally hit home another reason why I have switched to not grading homework (or in my room what we like to call home practice). even though last year homework wasn’t weighted very much I still feel better about what I’m doing now. Oh, and kids are also getting high tech with their “working together” – they know how to take pictures of their assignments and send them to someone else. Gone are the days of actually having to borrow someone’s paper…. Ok I think I’m done with my little rant. Thanks for listening…or should I say reading!

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Posted by on October 4, 2012 in Uncategorized



Six words that may greatly influence my classroom

So I have gotten a lot of great ideas from entering the math edublogosphere (just got my book covers for the back of desks and my giant markerboards for white boarding this weekend!  Yeah!).  But I used this idea today and I saw instant results and it was very exciting.  Usually I pause a lot during my teaching and would say “are there any questions”.  Well after reading one of the many blogs that I read I saw an idea (and I honestly don’t remember where I saw it so if that person ever happens to read this blog – like that would happen…please let me know if was you so I can give you proper credit) ok – back to the topic at hand – Instead of “are there any questions” I said “I’m going to pause for questions” – I bet you are thinking – not much different.  But honestly it was.  One hour I had four questions right then – more “what if” type questions, but they were questions.  Now honestly I don’t know if they would have asked their questions had I said “are there any questions” but I’m guessing they wouldn’t have.

I think it was having to do with the second phrase is me expecting questions and allowing them.  So I’m excited to see if 1) I can train my brain that is very much used to the first way to say “I’m going to pause for questions” and 2) if I will continue to see the increase in the number of questions asked!  Can’t wait!

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Posted by on October 1, 2012 in Uncategorized